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Blur frontman and British pop maverick join line-up for Deloitte Ignite 2012

Special guests Damon Albarn and Martina Topley Bird to join performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 July 2012 at 10.00am | 2 Comments

On Friday 31 August special guests Damon Albarn and Martina Topley Bird will join an evening of Afrobeat in the Linbury Studio Theatre as part of Deloitte Ignite 2012, a free three-day festival of all things African.

Afrobeat has had a wide influence on contemporary music. An exuberant fusion of jazz, funk and traditional Nigerian music, it blends chanted vocals and percussion with complex rhythms.

Listen to the sounds of Afrobeat:

The concert will be led by legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and the Niaja Centric Orchestra. Allen, co-founder of Afrobeat, previously collaborated with Albarn in 2008, when they produced funk album Rocket Juice and the Moon with Michael Balzary (Flea), the bassist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Albarn, lead singer of Britpop sensation Blur and one half of virtual-band Gorillaz, is currently at the forefront of the music scene. His opera Dr Dee recently premiered at the English National Opera, and on 12 August he will perform with Blur at a special celebration concert to mark the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Deloitte Ignite 2012 is designed to celebrate avant-garde arts and Africa’s influence on contemporary culture.

Curated by award-winning artist Yinka Shonibare, who recently sculpted the Globe Head Ballerina that adorns the outer wall of the Royal Opera House, the weekend will include free music, dance and workshops as well as a club night with Radio 1Xtra DJ, DJ Edu.

Find out more about what's on over the weekend.

This article has 2 comments

  1. I published this photo of Martina Topley-Bird on my Flickr account under a very permissive creative common license.
    While honoured that you picked one of my pictures to illustrate this article, I'm very disappointed to see an establishment like the Royal Opera House copying on its own Flickr account and claiming copyright on one of my photo without even asking.

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 16 June 2014 at 10:04am

      Dear Aurélien,

      Unfortunately, our site does not currently enable us to embed images from external flickr accounts into news posts. As such, when photos are listed under the creative commons license, we upload images to our own flickr account so that they can appear on our site. We are always careful to include photographer credits where we can, and usually also link to the photographers own flickr account. Apologies that, on this occasion, we have not linked to your account. If you send me the link, I will certainly add it to the photo description.

      Many thanks, and all the best,


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